Charlottesville council votes to move 2nd Confederate statue

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Posted: Sep 06, 2017 7:55 AM
Charlottesville council votes to move 2nd Confederate statue

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Charlottesville City Council in Virginia has voted to remove a second Confederate monument from a public park.

Local news outlets report the council's vote Tuesday night on the statue of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was unanimous. It comes weeks after a white nationalist rally in the city descended into violence.

The rally was sparked in part by the city's decision earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The council had initially planned to leave the Jackson statue in place but reconsidered in light of the violence.

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Both statues will remain for now while a lawsuit over their removal plays out. The city has draped them both with black tarps as a symbol of mourning for Heather Heyer, the woman killed at the rally.